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For those that don't know, Seydel have a conversion tool,
That's fantastic, Andy! The tongue blocked intervals added so much fullness. I love that bent note right near the end of some of the verses too. There's tons of great ideas here. I'm going to go work on figuring it out.
Here is the idea of my final version, I've tried to vary it a lot so it develops musically, whether I achieve that musicality is another thing.
I will also post in my video uploads.
Special tunings are a great idea, Rich.
Another option to the country tuning you mentioned for this song would be the natural minor tuning Swapandeb asked about. I tried it out and it works great. You start on hole six blow for the low octave and hole 9 blow for the high. The pattern is a little different, but there are no bends. There are a lot more interesting chord options in that tuning too.
Hey, check this out. Here's a video of Steve Baker demonstrating the country tuning, natural minor, and harmonic minor. He even uses Summertime as an example while playing the natural minor tuned harmonica.
Sounds like a cunning plan, Rich.
It might be worth searching online in case there's some kind of tab conversion tool.
been practicing Summer Time and not doing bad,until I hit -3",then frustration,I can bend the hole no problem ,until I try to bend in a song!!!!
so I put my harp down and picked up my lee oskar melody maker and no bending needed,just got to figure out the proper notes with the rightHole.
point is I played it and it sounded not bad and no bending required .
Can anybody explain about minor key diatonic. As an eg. if we can play Am(4th position)
in Key-C major. Is it just reverse? i.e. can play C...Can anybody explain about minor key diatonic. As an eg. if we can play Am(4th position)
in Key-C major. Is it just reverse? i.e. can play C major(4th position) in Key Am or... Show more
Hi George,you are right ,I find it difficult to find the things that interest me,I also find that I have become a CLICK freak.Sooner or later the right thing comes up.I wish I was 21 again.Keep puffing Eric33.
Welcome. Key knowledge is a bugger, and just because our harps have them stamped/written/scrawled on, it doesn't matter because we most often play them crossed anyway.
Look forward to seeing videos etc.
Whilst you have a point, one of the main points about the 'Song a Month' activity is that those embarking on it raise and discuss particular issues they come across whilst learning the songs.
As I just indicated in my previous post, I have no problems at all with a bend on hole 2 in Summertime, but play a double bent hole 3 as though it's the first time I've ever bent a note. Not the sort of thing that would come across in a general post about bending.
And if you think it's mumbo jumbo, challenge us to explain it better.
I was lying in bed last night, thinking that perhaps I should dig out my under-used chromatic to play Summertime, so I would have a decent recording by the end of the month.
Then I read the comments here and have decided that instead of abandoning the issue I have with draw three double bent, I will persevere. This may mean an ordinary version at the end of the month, but as most say, it will at least help me improve my bending (took me three months to bend by the way Marcy, though I only really started to try and bend after two months of playing so really 3 - 4 weeks).
Interesting to note that I shove a two draw bent in to my version and it's fine. Yes, you can tell it's a bend, but it fits. Hole three double bent grates still, but I'm working on that.
Oh, and you can bend notes on Trumpet. Just thought I'd add that nugget of information.
Be careful that we dont swamp the site with a load of mumbo jumbo that a lot of harpers like me dont understand
One of the reasons that I left the NHLC was because of the amount of drivel that was produced . My advice would be just play the music
Keith, I liked your comment. Bending is fine and a challenge and a marker that the player is in control or still learning, maybe. On considering the physics of the instrument, the off-note is made by actually "bending" the reed, that is twisting, and stress will fatigue that reed quicker the more it's bent. Keith went to chromatic, which allows for straight breathing on a flat reed. And I went the route of buying individual harmonicas in different keys (only the ones I use) so I could play straight harp with most songs. So, there's for another comment to consider on the side issue. I bend some, but only to make sure others know I can bend.
Hmmm. I like the new part about reading what has been written lately, and that's without even going to the buttons. But I thought I'd chime in on a topic and went and found.....I can't find it. Someone even wrote suggesting one string about playing is under selling. Is there anyway a facilitator can grab a vein and move it to the category which fits it most? It seems like someone new introduces and a stream of topics stays in introductions.